Sold 3 thrift store makeovers! Plus, Handy Art Walk Links

Windsor Castle Surprise, thrift store makeover, SOLD

When in doubt, you can hardly go wrong by adding a monster or a bird, (or whatever is near and dear to your heart).

During Art Detour weekend, numerous artists showed and sold at the Icehouse gallery. It was a fantastic, fun event, and so great to see so many people and get a chance to chat. I was there mostly on Saturday, and stopped by for just a little while Sunday, and am happy to say I sold three pieces, two of them pretty large ones, (large for me!).

Decapitated, thrift store makeover, SOLD

“Decapitated” was the smaller of the three that sold, about 14 x 16 in. or thereabouts. It seemed to be part of an old sign or ad that was cut out to fit the little frame it was in. A magnificent bird was in it, but whoever had cut it out had lopped off the head, so I made it really lopped off, and the head is walking around lower right. I also added numerous faces, mouths, etc, to the fruit.

Pink Kite Eating Monster, thrift store makeover, SOLD

This, (along with “Windsor”), were the larger ones. The Kite Eating Monster was added to what may have been a kit painting, I could  not tell. It seemed to be a reprint but with little tentative dabs of what may have been added paint here and there, like a paint by number with no numbers, I dunno. I can’t remember now what was there, where the monster is, maybe a mountain or tree, maybe nothing.

At this point I have only a few thrift store makeovers left in inventory! That’s why I went thrifting about a week ago and picked up three reprints on rigid board of some kind. One is pretty big, about one by three feet, the others maybe 9 x 11. All are of forest scenes. I’ve cleaned them up and sealed them with GAC 100, and adhesion is good, so now I’ll think on them, and alter them as ideas come.

APRIL PLANS

I have nothing new planned for April, so far! However, I still have some miniatures in the gift shop at {9} The Gallery on Grand Ave. in Phoenix, an ongoing thing. This month, I hope to get around to a lot of other people’s shows on both First and Third Friday’s artwalk nights. A good site to see what all is going on in the arts here is The Arts Beacon .

If you’re not familiar with our artwalks:

The main artwalk areas are Roosevelt between Central and about 7th St, and Grand starting on Roosevelt and going South. But, by going a bit farther you can see other galleries on Central, Indian School, Jackson, and more. Planning your art walk usually involves driving since the Artlink Trolley doesn’t go to all venues. Artlink often has a map of galleries and shows, however, so take a look at their site to plan your trip.  We (that is, my husband, because I do not drive) usually drive because it’s worth going off the path to see Icehouse, Coe House, The Artery, Practical Art, FoundRE Phoenix, New City Studio, and more. Also, First Studio on 1st Ave just south of Roosevelt, and Olney on Roosevelt and 1st Ave.

We never get to them all! Even during the 3 day Art Detour weekend our record is still in the teens. We kind of lost count this year but it was over 14, our old record. For a single night we rarely do more than a handful as we don’t wish to rush thru good shows, nor pass up the chance to visit with people we don’t usually see except at shows. And, we turn into pumpkins at 9 or 10 pm, so we try to get home before the transformation.

Art Detour! Mural Sale,other shows, 3 Day Event

Hope to see you during Art Detour, a 3-day event, Fri Mar 17, Sat Mar 18, Sun Mar 19, 2017! I’ll have a few things going on. There is a lot to see on Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue, Central Ave, and galleries sprinkled throughout the central and downtown Phoenix area.

ART DETOUR INFO: https://artlinkphoenix.com/

MURAL SALE

Every December, during another event, the Phoenix Festival of the Arts, artists create a huge mural and the sections are for sale, for $300 each. Unsold sections are being offered at a sale during Art Detour weekend. Part of the money helps fund the arts and part goes to the artists. I have participated two years, and sold my section one year. The one from 2014 (pictured above) is still available. It’s on plywood and is 4×4 feet, acrylic.

Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ

Saturday March 18, 2017, 10 am to 3 pm.

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1492656557434216/

Squareup Catalog page for mural sections: https://squareup.com/store/phoenix-center-for-the-arts/

Screenshot: squareup site for purchasing mural sections from past Phoenix Festival of the Arts. Mine is circled.

GALLERIES

ICEHOUSE

Thrift Store Makeover 2017 Cindy Schnackel

Thrift store makeover of large Monet reprint, Cindy Schnackel

ICEHOUSE, 429 W. Jackson

Sat. Mar 18 and Sun. Mar 19, Phoenix, AZ

I will be mostly at the Icehouse Saturday and Sunday afternoons during Art Detour. The gallery is closed for a private event Friday so I’ll be doing my sight-seeing Friday night as much as possible. I’m planning on taking some of my ‘thrift store makeovers.’ I had a show of just that, a few years ago at the R Pela Gallery, reviewed by the Arts Beacon here: http://www.theartsbeacon.com/everything-after .

I’ve continued to alter thrift store reprints from time to time. The materials and process allow me to sell them pretty affordably. Not sure if I’ll also take some pieces from other shows or any brand new work other than the ‘Carrot’ thrift store makeover above which I did recently. I have a large political themed painting in progress but have decided it’s more important to finish it on non-deadline terms, so it may or may not appear at the Icehouse this month!

There will be many artists at Icehouse for the event, so be sure you make the trip to see it. It’s a lovely, huge space, and not that far from the Roosevelt Row artwalk path!

ARTERY

Bird 6, 6×6 in on cradled wood panel, mostly acrylic

Sketchy People at Work, about 7 x 9 in on wood, mostly acrylic.

The Artery (Studio 6), 623 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Open Sat Mar 18 and Sun Mar 19 for Art Detour weekend; (not open third Friday).

The “Selfie Show” opened first Friday but will also be open during Art Detour. Besides the women’s painting group I’m part of, the artists who actually have their studios in this building will have their art up. There is a lot to see here.

{9} THE GALLERY

The unsold ones and a few newer ones are at {9} The Gallery in the gift shop area. Most are around 4×4 in, some bigger, starting around $55.

{9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ

In the Lounge/gift shop area of the gallery you will find several of my miniatures for sale. Ask if you don’t see them, they get moved around depending on the shows but usually are on a shelf. Most are around 4×4 inches, some a little larger, and priced now at $55 in most cases.

I hope to see you if you’re in the area!

Available works; Shows; Plein Air trip

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“Birds Eating Birds” (Still available from my Fatal Farm solo show in fall 2016.) Acrylic on panel, 11×14 in., $250 © Cindy Schnackel 2016

You can see paintings and sculptures still available, as well as details like size, medium, and price, on my  Current Inventory page. (Note: Fatal Farm show pieces are linked on that page as there were so many!) If you’re in the area, and want to see pieces in person, and the tiny drawings etc, that often don’t get posted online, contact me about a Studio Visit! (artbycindy at Live dot com)

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Commissioned portrait, acrylic, 16 x 20 in. © Cindy Schnackel 2016

I also do Commissions, occasionally. If I don’t think I’m the right artist for your request I’ll just tell you up front; that way neither of us has to be disappointed! So far, bird portraits are what I’ve been doing as commissions and it has been working out well! I’m open to other subjects.

SHOWING RIGHT NOW

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“Love Birds,” 1 through 4, mixed media, each 6 x 6 in., $90 each, at The Artery thru Feb 2017. © Cindy Schnackel 2017

I have four small bird paintings in The Artery, 625 E. Indian School in February. There was a nice crowd at the opening for First Friday in Feb. This gallery is normally only open during art walk nights or by appointment, (602) 997-9339. Artery (aka Studio 6) Gallery Facebook page

See Previous Post for more info on how the Love Birds were made and other details.

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Not a lot of these left, but those that are, are at {9} The Gallery, in Phoenix! Miniatures, mixed media, most priced at $45, some cube shaped and sit on a shelf, others hang. © Cindy Schnackel 2016

Also, I still have work in the gift shop area of {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ. If you don’t find them, ask. They are tiny, and things get moved around depending on the current show. Usually, they’re on a shelf; feel free to ask the gallery if they have others not on display. http://9thegallery.com/

Two things are penciled in for March, the Icehouse in Phoenix during Art Detour, and the same time frame, the Mutant Pinata show at Chartreuse, also in Phoenix. Details TBA when I know more.

 

PLEIN AIR TRIP, FEB 2017

 

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Cholla cactus, backlit, photographed as we were leaving the ranch, in late afternoon light.

Last week, I went on my first plein air painting trip! It was good just to get out of the city, even though the spot, Brown’s Ranch, is just a few miles NE of the Valley. I was surprised it seemed as dry and subdued looking as it did, because we’d had pretty good winter rains. Maybe it’s just enough higher than the Valley that things haven’t started to pop yet. I took quite a few reference photos that should come in handy for general desert backgrounds where a giant creature, or errant animated tea pot, happens to be tromping through.

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My awful first plein air “painting.” Must ignore overwhelming details next time!

The term “editing” came to mind when I tried to start painting. My eyes saw every blade of grass, every bit of gravel, thorn, leaf, and rock. I had a really hard time just seeing the basic shapes and making my hand obey, which is not something I normally have difficulty with when I’m in my own little world. It was truly an example of how a person has to be willing to fall on their face to get where they want to go.

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Panoramic shot of Brown’s Ranch, NE of Scottsdale, AZ.

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The rocks looked smooth from a distance but were quite rough up close. You wouldn’t want to slide down one of these rocks on your butt!

 

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Close up of saguaro cactus ribs and thorns.

I had previously worked out a very limited palette so I wouldn’t have to take many tubes of paint. In the end, I also did as many artists do, and added a warmer or cooler version of each ‘primary’ just in case. Plus white and black, but I never got around to using everything. I did kind of miss my favorite colors from home, so since paints didn’t really take up that much room I may add them at some point, (transparent red and yellow iron oxides, and green gold maybe), and perhaps leave home one or two colors I didn’t use much. My stay-wet palette was about like it is at home when I paint out on the patio. It bought me a few minutes of time, but not a miracle worker. I may switch to Golden’s “Open” version, (slower drying paint) just for the plein air kit, but right now I’ll use up what I have. I did take Open mediums and used them and it helped some. When I wanted something to dry instantly, setting it in the sun for a few minutes accomplished that.

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Acrylic paint brands really differed in Alizarin Crimson, but SOHO’s made a good red in this very limited color palette.

What took up room and added weight was water, for drinking and painting. I poured my dirty paint water into an empty bottle at the end of the day and took it back home to dispose of. I didn’t see anyplace there that looked like it’d be ok to dispose of it at the ranch, and would expect that to be the case just about anywhere.

Everything carried pretty well in a small rolling cart: rags, plastic bags for wet things, a small mister bottle of water, sun hat. I took two packs of SOHO cardboard painting panels in 8×10 in size. These worked really well, didn’t warp, and were cheap. A lightweight piece of cardboard, rolled into a cone and secured with rubber bands, kept my brush heads from getting mashed in the cart. The inexpensive travel easel I got worked just great. We were lucky that there was no wind. If it had been windy I’d have probably sat on the ground and held the painting panel in my lap.

Some of my mural/’primitive’ location painting tips came back to me so it looked like I was really organized but it was an illusion. I will do a few things differently next time. Also, I should have brought healthy snacks as my food for the entire day ended up being chips and stuff purchased while waiting for buses. Somehow, “food” entirely escaped my mind until I was well away from home.

All in all, it was a challenging and different experience, and that’s exactly what I was after. I also took up one non art related thing this year, archery. If I could take a selfie of myself shooting an arrow, I’d show you a picture of that, too.

Love Birds for February Show

I’ll have some of these at The Artery in February, “Love Birds, 1 through 4.”

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Love Birds, 1 through 4, mixed media on cradled panels, 6 x 6 in., $90 each

The Artery, aka Studio 6, is an artist co-op. It’s located at 625 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ. Studio 6 The Artery Facebook Page

A group of 12 women painters jointly claimed a spot in the gallery for the year. We will be rotating our work; I won’t always have something there. Details TBA, but tentatively it looks like I’ll have work there with one other in the group this fall, probably Nov. Most if not all of us are participating in a Love themed show in Feb. If you go and don’t see the one you want, ask. Each artist will probably only have one up at a time, and I may not take them all, depending on space allotted for each artist.

The birds were created with fine pumice paste tinted with acrylics, as a base. I then used drawing media and acrylic washes, etc, to finish them off. They’re sealed with clear acrylic and wired to hang, no frame needed. You could frame them if you chose. The cradling on them is 3/4 in. deep so they do fit nice in frames.

Here’s a pic of them while they were in the early stages.

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Work in progress on four “Love Birds”

UPCOMING PLANS

Nothing’s finalized yet but I have been asked to have something in The Icehouse gallery in Phoenix during March’s Art Detour. This is an amazing large space currently managed by artists Jaimie Blue and Joe Holdren. The show will include multiple artists.

Also, I plan on making another Mutant Pinata this year, for the show of the same name, at Chartreuse gallery, on Grand Avenue in Phoenix. Last year my pinata sold which was a delight because I wasn’t sure where WE would put it! It was rather large. This year, some of them will be outdoors. I am thinking of how to make one that could be displayed outdoors so I’ll be doing what I can to make it weatherproof enough for outdoor art. We shall see. Good thing I saved empty containers over the last year for armatures! Here’s the post about last year’s creature-pinata: https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/mutant-pinata-progress-fall-shows-group-shows/

Hummingbird at Herberger-AZ Center

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Hummingbird, Acrylic on deep edged panel, 12 x 12 in. SOLD!

 

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Working on the Hummingbird and a few other projects earlier this month.

Herberger has two galleries, one at the Arizona Center mall, 3rd St. and E. VanBuren, Phoenix, AZ, and the other across the street (kitty corner kinda) at the Theater Center. I was invited by photographers Archie and Connie Tucker to paint from their photos this fall. Archie had me work from a chicken photo last month! This month it’s Connie’s hummingbird photo. This is part of the Tucker’s “Derivatives” exhibit wall. I look forward to seeing what others do if they extend this to other artists soon. I was honored to be asked!

Edited: The painting sold the day it went up!

Herberger Gallery@Arizona Center

 

 

 

Small, Affordable, in Time for for Holiday Gifts

These little square bird pieces are mixed media, kind of a combination of drawing and painting, and sealed well so they do not need to be under glass. They are wired on the back to hang, on 3/4 in deep panels, (you could frame them if you wanted to).

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More to come!

These are made by applying a thin layer of tinted fine pumice paste in two colors. I used sandpaper when they were good and dry, to knock down any peaks that were too high and for the effect/look of the sanded pumice surface. Then, I drew on them with colored pencils and added some acrylic washes, watercolor style. They’re sealed with clear acrylic and the edges are painted a dark charcoal gray.

They’ll be at {9} The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ, thru most of December, (opening night Fri Dec 2), for the Tiny Works-Tiny Dances group show.

Another Gallery Closing in Phoenix

This is so sad. I’ve lost count of the galleries that have closed in the last few years. Chartreuse was very well respected, a must see destination on Grand Ave on first and third Friday art walk nights. We will miss gallerist Nancy Hill’s well chosen shows.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/nancy-hill-to-close-chartreuse-gallery-on-grand-avenue-in-downtown-phoenix-8768120

Chartreuse is still open now, and will be through December.

The gallery is in the Bragg’s Pie Factory building. During earlier and current iterations of a gallery in the space, I had participated in some group shows there. Chartreuse is about a block from {9} The Gallery where I had a solo show this Sept.

It’ll be sad to walk Grand during art walks and not see Nancy’s shows after Dec. I hope that the space will be a gallery again after that. Galleries are all struggling, it seems. Even Scottsdale, the upper end of our art world here, has seen galleries close or move to Phoenix, scale back, or rent space. I may be doing a lot more sales from my studio if this keeps happening!